Friday, April 30, 2010

Funny comment...

Okay, seriously, Hallie has been funny lately.

I pulled a shirt out of a box of larger sized clothes, so Hallie was wearing it for the first time. I was admiring the shirt from across the room because it was a cute fit/print on her.

Kara: "Do you like your new shirt?"
Hallie: Smiling, "Yep."
Kara: "Are you comfortable in it?" (I ask this because I will put clothes on her, she'll say she likes it and minutes later it's on the floor because something was itching or scratching)
Hallie: "Not really, I'm not comfortable in it because it's not covering my arms."
Kara: Thinking my child is overly modest, "Why do you need your arms covered?"
Hallie: Because that's what we do, it's cold here.

It's 74 degrees today. She's just used to it always being cold!

Nana and Papa...

Just a few more pictures from our trip to Arizona - I love to take pictures of my kids with their grandparents. It captures such a precise time in their lives. I love to line up old pictures and see how vastly my children change, but their grandparents stay the same!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Funny Comment...

I was sitting with Hallie on the couch telling her how much I loved her. I told her that she was my best friend.


Hallie: We're not best friends, we're family.
Kara: We can be family and still be best friends.
Hallie: Did you know that your best friend has a lot of other friends.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Funny comment...

Hallie was outside jumping on the trampoline. She came running through the house yelling, "I've got to go potty, I've got to go potty." I followed her through the house to make sure she got to the toilet in time. She gave a huge sigh of relief when she was safely seated on the toilet.

"That was a close one sis."

"Yea, when I was jumping I had to go really bad, so I ran really fast inside and just went a little in my pants."


"You went to the bathroom in your pants, are they wet?"


"Mom, it wasn't that much, just one little squeeze."

Monday, April 26, 2010

Final Four...

Chances are you have a bucket list.

There are probably some far fetched dreams as well as a few realistic ones. You spend your life making check marks on this imaginary (or perhaps typed) list. My list includes skydiving, starting a business, visiting every continent...and so on.

One item very high on Steve's list was to attend the Final Four. When he realized we would be within driving distance to this years final four in Indianapolis, the wheels started turning in his head. So we started planning a trip. But what fun would a trip like this be without some good company?  So we found some good company...aka Steve's brother Bob and Virginia.

We left Friday afternoon and made the 4.5 hour drive to Indiana. We arrived at our hotel to find flags from all the different teams hanging in the hotel windows, we saw lines and lines of cars from West Virginia, Michigan and North Carolina. Everyone was sporting their team gear, including the front desk employees who all had Butler shirts on. It was such an energetic and fun atmosphere. We went to a nice dinner, got a little treat at Coldstone and hit up a movie, "Alice in Wonderland". (Which I liked surprisingly more than I thought I would.)

Saturday was adventure packed and here are some highlights:
Eating breakfast in an energy charged hotel where everyone from ages 80 to 1 were excited for game day.
Enjoying Bracket Town - a NCAA sponsored event with all sorts of activities and fun
A delicious lunch
Being in the Colts stadium
Great seats
Sitting in the stadium and watching it slowly fill up with Navy, Green, Blue, and Yellow shirts.
The Butler game was awesome. It was exciting to see them win, I think everyone but Michigan was pulling for them! We did a lot of jumping up and down during that game.
Watching the stadium quickly clear of green shirts after the Michigan loss and a sea of yellow taking over their seats.
Watching Duke play - they're just a classic team.
Enjoying conversation after conversation. We never run out of things to discuss with them.

Not so much a highlight:
Driving home at 10 pm after the Duke/West Virginia game. It was Easter the next morning, and we wanted to get home to be with the kids. Bob and Virginia were definitely good sports about that, I'm sure they would've rather stayed the night!
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We had a great time.
I can't wait to do it again.
I'm glad it was on Steve's bucket list because I wouldn't have thought to include it!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Butter Spray...

As unpopular as it may be, I use spray butter. To be exact, I use I can't believe it's not butter spray. There, I said it. Let the mocking begin.

I don't think I can be at a dinner with my brother-in-law without him making some comment about my choice of chemical butter. But I don't care.

Steve jokes that it should come in aerosol form because I use so much. Once again, I don't care.

I started using spray butter 7 years ago when I was losing my freshman 20 lbs. I didn't feel like the fat of real butter was worth it. So I made the switch, and never thought about it again.

Does it taste like butter? Absolutely not. And I'm okay with that. In fact, this afternoon, I was eating a piece of toast and much to my dismay was out of spray butter. (Which is a very rare occasion) What is a girl to do? So I resorted back to the old stick o' butter. I spread a layer over my piece of toast and with great anticipation took a large bite.

Boy, was I disappointed. I didn't like it. I didn't like the taste. In fact, I debated whether I finish the toast at all. Of course, my hunger won because I didn't want to have to make something else!

I have become accustomed to butter spray and I like it. I like the convenience of the spray. I like that i's fat free. I like that I don't have to dirty a knife. I like that it's easy. I like that it doesn't have to melt on toast. And I realized today, I like the taste much better than the conventional stuff.

There.
The truth is out.
I am no longer a closet butter spray user.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Arizona or bust...

We made our annual trip to Arizona, and boy did we enjoy ourselves. We arranged our trip to coincide with Steve's parents being home, and his sister visiting from Utah as well. So in all we were able to see 5 siblings, parents, a few aunts uncles and cousins, and a handful of friends. We were only in town for 5 days, so we had to really pack it in to make sure we got everything checked off the list. By the end of day two, we were exhausted, flat out exhausted.

Here are some of the highlights:
Adult dinner the first night with Steve's siblings and parents
Visits with each sibling individually
Time with Nana and Papa
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Beautiful weather
Guys golfing outing
Lunch gathering for the girls at a cute, trendy market
Dinner with friends at a fantastic italian place
A little pool time
Football with the family
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Sunshine, and more sunshine
Birthday party for a niece and nephew
Large cousin gathering
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Hallie learning to play Sorry from Nana
Haircut and conversation with Steve's sister
Hunter playing outside all day long
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Mesa Frozen Yogurt (so yummy!)
Family night pizza party
Morning at the park with Shawni
Hallie's afternoon with Knox

Just a few lowlights:
It's official - our children do not cross timezones well. At all. No matter what time they go to bed, they're up waaaayyyy too early. I don't get it. It makes traveling not fun!

On our flight to Arizona, I got up before taking off to change Hunter, when I came back to the seat to sit down the lady behind me in the most annoyed voice says to the guy next to her, "Had I known there was a child sitting right there, I wouldn't have picked this seat. They're so loud and annoying. I just really wish they could contain them all in one area, don't let them sit wherever they want. A special section on each plane." My mouth dropped open. What are we, cattle? The nerve. Steve and I gave each other the look, we were speechless. Mean thoughts started to swell within my head. I hope some kid throws up in her lap. I hope they lose her luggage. I hope she gets a crink in her neck from being so stiff!!

Due to the lack of sleep, and long days in the sun our kids were a little crabby at times and a tad bit emotional. Especially Hunter, he threw himself on the ground countless times each day.

Our flight home was a doozy. Hunter was upset the first half of the trip, and Hallie finished with a strong show in the end. There was a kid throwing up before we got on the plane, and a little girl directly in front of us on the plane throwing up as well. That alone makes me ache for those poor parents. The kids were really tired and they were done traveling. We had pulled out all the tricks from our goody bag, and they just weren't enough!

Early, early mornings.

Luckily, the good outweighed the bad by a long shot. We only wish we could've stayed longer. Perhaps, space everything out a little bit so we weren't quite so tired every night. But it was so worth it. It was worth every tantrum that Hunter threw and every ounce of sass that Hallie dished out. Until next year...
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt 2...

We had a pretty laid back Easter. Steve and I had been gone for the weekend, and we got back in the early hours of Sunday morning. Needless to say, we were more than exhausted the whole day.

We had a nice breakfast, watched general conference on TV and relaxed the rest of the day. We opted out of making a large dinner, partly because I forgot until it was time to eat. It wasn't until later in the afternoon we realized we needed to have an egg hunt. Did I mention we were more than exhausted....

But the kids had a good time finding eggs, it even kept Hunter's interest.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt 1...

We had our first Easter egg hunt last Saturday with some friends. The kids had so much fun, they spent the rest of Saturday re-hiding the eggs throughout the house!
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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Beautiful Day...

Today was a beautiful day.

Yesterday was a beautiful day.

So beautiful I forgot it was spring in Milwaukee.

It was 81 degrees. The average temperature for this time of year is 45.

We jumped on the trampoline. Rode bikes. Wagon rides. Sat in the grass.

Oh, how I hope it stays. But I have this gut feeling that we haven't seen the end of the snow. Our second Easter here, it snowed a lot. It made for a fairly boring Easter egg hunt. Nothing stands out on white snow more than a bright colored egg!

But this year is going to be different. We'll be in the high 50's. It'll be sweet and wonderful.

I love warm weather. I love when Hunter throws the fit of the century because he has to go inside. I love that Hallie insists that I watch every single trick on the trampoline. I love the older neighbors who come to tell us how much our kids have grown over the winter.

I can get used to this.
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